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The Free Press

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The Free Press


Prospect Row
Tel: 01223 368337





Classic compact traditional pub close to Parker's Piece with snug and walled garden.  No mobile phones.  Good value seasonal food menu.  Regularly holds events such as live music, beer festivals and pop-up street food visits from Steak & Honour burger van. Well-kept beer.


Fascinating fact

Part of building was a printing press which circulated a free Cambridge newspaper.  Home of the famous Free Press Zebras football team!

PocketPub statistics

Established 1820 Capacity 75
Real ales 5 (Greene King) Outside seating 50
Wines 6 New category TBC No

What the pub says about themselves - please email in to

One of Cambridges finest Pubs
The Free Press has been a pub for over 120 years and seen many a change in the area. On the fireplace wall you can look at a survey map from 1888 where you can see for yourself what is and what isn't around. The pub got its name from when part of it was a printing press which circulated a free Cambridge newspaper. Unfortunately for them it lasted one issue, but the name survived. The walls are adourned with front pages of old newspapers to commemorate this.

What our readers say

A timeless classic, features in all the good pub guides

What CAMRA say about this pub

Intimate, friendly pub serving high-quality food and great beer, including the rare XX Mild. Guests are from GK's seasonal and guest lists. An inn for 120 years, it nearly closed as part of the Kite redevelopment in the 1970s when the interior was reduced to a shell. Most of what you see now is a loving reconstruction though the tiny snug was part of the original pub. It was named (tongue in cheek) after a temperance movement newspaper which lasted for just one edition! Intimate walled garden at the rear.

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The Flying Pig, The Live and Let Live; The Saint Radegund


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